This is the second book in the Palmetto Trilogy, the first being Call To Arms. This series portrays how the American Civil War affected the lives of several families living in Charleston, South Carolina. The second volume continues the narration, with Allard Tyler returning from blockade running to marry his sweetheart, Diana, and then join his father in building ships for the Confederacy. His best friend, Robert, fights against the hated Yankees in the Peninsular Campaign and pines for Jacqueline, his girlfriend back home. Robert’s younger brother, Cam, is enrolled at the Citadel and is enraptured with Allard’s nasty and promiscuous sister, Lucinda.
This novel is primarily a romance novel set during the Civil War. There is no one major character, with each chapter presenting a new point of view. This is very similar in style to James Reasoner’s (husband of Livia Hallam) ten-novel Civil War Battles series featuring members of a Southern family. If you enjoy reading about gory battle scenes and constant war strategy, you would probably not care for this book. But if you like reading about how war can complicate relationships between men and women, you will find this novel enjoyable.